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Workers Compensation Act

On April 6, 2020, a revised Workers Compensation Act took effect. The revisions are not substantive in content but include a reorganization of the Act's components, some new wording in various sections, and deletion of provisions that have been repealed or are no longer needed. The occupational health and safety provisions, formerly in Part 3 of the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 1996, are now primarily in Part 2 in the Workers Compensation Act, R.S.B.C. 2019.

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The Workers Compensation Act establishes the Workers' Compensation Board of B.C. (WorkSafeBC) as an entity and sets out our mandate. The Act provides the legal authority and framework for all our activities, including our occupational health and safety activities.

The occupational health and safety provisions of the Act address matters such as the rights and responsibilities of workplace parties, joint committees and worker representatives, the right to refuse unsafe work, accident reporting, investigations, enforcement, offences, administrative procedures, and regulation-making authority.

In addition to Part 2, some provisions in Part 1 of the Act also apply to occupational health and safety, and some sections in Part 7 apply to appeals of health and safety decisions.

The official, printed version of the Workers Compensation Act is available for purchase from Crown Publications. The BC Laws website also provides an unofficial electronic version of the Act. The Province of British Columbia holds copyright.